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Vangelis - Rosetta album review

Album Review

Greek soundtrack maestro Vangelis goes in search of space…

In recent years there’s been a slight worry that the artist formerly known as Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou has been living on past glories. That’s the impression you got when he last graced the international stage with new music, in the shape of some mildly diverting but unadventurous new music for 2012’s Chariots Of Fire stage show.

After all, his last major international release was the score to Hollywood blockbuster Alexander, way back in 2004. If that was a big, blustering affair to suit the movie, Rosetta, his first non-soundtrack album for 15 years, heralds a return to the evocative, aspirational, romantic but impressionistic sounds that first turned a Greek prog pioneer into a soundtrack superstar at the turn of the 80s.

A return to the evocative, aspirational sounds of a pioneer.

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